Changes at Chepstow are On Course

After two months of planning, the Chepstow Library refurbishment project (funded by CyMAL with match funding from the Council) is taking shape.

The tender for the building works is in the final stages of completion and went out on the 5 August. Building works for the project have been confirmed as 3 October – 16 December (11 weeks). The library will close after work on Saturday 17 September ready to reopen in Chepstow Leisure Centre on Monday 26 September.  The temporary library will offer over 7,000 books, approximately a third of the stock currently available.

The new location will also offer a unique opportunity to work more closely with Chepstow Comprehensive School.  Immediate plans will see us involving pupils in the delivery of our First Click classes to those who have not used computers before.

The specification for the furniture layout for the refurbished library was sent out to suppliers with a return date of 5 August.  The self-service system will be the same as the one which has been favourably received in Monmouth Library.  A colour palette using warm, welcoming tones, has been selected for the colour scheme.

With these elements in place we are planning a library display to involve customers, a focus group to lead consultation and a working group to begin work on developing the reading garden.

This is a very exciting time for Chepstow library and the library team have excelled, managing the conflicting demands of the refurbishment and a very busy summer at the library full of activities for children.

If you would like any more information on the project, or if you would like to arrange a talk to a community group, please contact Sally Bradford (sallybradford@monmouthshire.gov.uk) by email.

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Bid Success for Chepstow Library

Monmouthshire Libraries have been awarded £120,000 by CyMAL (Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, a division of the Welsh Assembly Government) to refurbish Chepstow Library.

The existing library was opened in 1993 and benefits from an excellent location in the centre of town. Continued popularity with local residents of  all ages makes Chepstow the busiest library in Monmouthshire. The project funding will ensure that the library continues to develop services and deliver the very best in terms of reading, information, activities and customer care.

The refurbished library will offer a redesigned library entrance area, lots of new book displays, improved layout for stock and flexible space for more activities, events and classes. Plans include improved IT facilities with the introduction of wifi and laptops for use in the library.

We intend to update the children’s area and introduce a new space for teenagers. A new local and family history area will be established which will house and promote the Chepstow Collection, a fascinating local history resource.

The funding will enable the library to create a welcoming and secure reading garden, accessible from the library, for customers of all ages to enjoy. The library garden will be developed as a community project.

For more information on the refurbishment please contact Sally Bradford or Sue Wallbank, Community Librarians, Tel 01291 635730. Updates on progress will appear on the library website (http://libraries.monmouthshire.gov.uk) once the project starts in May.